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Mac OSX – US Flag Icon on my Menu Bar

May 27, 2009 by debbie T | Mac CornerMac Software

I don’t know what I did or what happened, but on my Macbook Pro (running Mac OS X Leopard) a little US Flag icon appeared on my menu bar this morning. I love my flag, but I really don’t want it on my menubar taking up precious space.

I wasn’t sure how to remove it; there was no option on the right-click menu, so I hit “Open International” from the (right-click) drop down menu.


Down at the bottom of the International Settings window, thankfully I found a checkbox that I unchecked – “show input menu in menu bar”. It worked! The flag icon disappeared.

There are 6 comments

  1. the flag is the special character palette.

    Comment by Zane on June 10th, 2009
  2. Thanks that solved it exactly! I don’t know how it got there.

    Comment by Edward Miller on June 30th, 2009
  3. thank you! my cat crawled on my laptop and it appeared. much better now.

    Comment by tracy on July 12th, 2009
  4. Hold the Apple key, click and drag it off. You can reorder the items the same way. Works with any menu bar item put there by Apple, like wifi, clock, sound, etc.

    Comment by Michael on August 21st, 2009
  5. OMG, thank you Michael. Wow, that is a great tip! I think I knew about that a long time ago, but it totally slipped out of my brain!

    That is such a handy tip!

    Comment by debbie T on August 21st, 2009
  6. No charge.

    Comment by Michael on August 21st, 2009